Season 3 Episode 19

The One with the Tiny T-Shirt

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 27, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Rachel goes on her first date after splitting from Ross...and it's with Mark. Joey develops a crush on his costar in his new play. And Monica continues to date Pete, even though she is still not attracted to him.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Mark returns.

    Well, Ross was definitely right about Mark, He had a thing going for Rachel. He is the reason, her & Ross are not together, it really sucks how Ross & Rachel are now moving on. I'm glad Rachel rejected Mark. It was so sweet at the end when Ross gives Rachel the t-shirt at the end. And Rachel's face, it foreshadows she is still in love with him! I don't see why Monica is wasting her time with Pete since she still doesn't like him. Joey having a crush on Kate, don't think it is good enough to make a whole arc out of it. An okay episode.moreless
  • "She's moving on! Okay, if it's not this guy, it's gonna be somebody else!" - Chandler

    I liked this episode. It begins with Mark asking Rachel out. She however keeps thinking about Ross which is probally a sign that she isn't over him yet. So she decides that it is time to give him his stuff back. Ross kind of freaks out because he thought that she wanted to get back together. So he gets really mean and demands that she gives him his 'Frankie say Relax' t-shirt (which she loves) back.

    Monica goes out with Pete the millionair but she doesn't feel 'it' so she breaks up with him.

    Joey meets a girl that he likes but can't stand at the same time.

    Rachel decides to go on a date with Mark and they run into Ross wich was a very uncomfertable moment. Ross freaks out but Chandler makes him see that he too has to move on. So Ross gives Rachel the tiny t-shirt back.moreless
  • Good episode. Laughter and Ross-Rachel.SPOILERS

    This kind of episode is one of my favourites. In fact I like the episodes focused on Ross and Rachel's story, mainly in the first 5 seasons. The scene of the two of them talking about the T-shirt, with Ross being silly about it, I think it's a laughter-masterpiece! About the other storylines I liked seeing joey having some love troubles, since he's always the "latin lover" guy and this story could make him grow as a person. About the ending, well, it's one of my favourites too, with Ross doing the right thing giving the T-shirt back to Rachel since he loves her no matter what.moreless
Reg Rogers

Reg Rogers

The Director

Guest Star

Ethel Ayler

Ethel Ayler

Hospital Administrator

Guest Star

Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau

Pete Becker

Recurring Role

Dina Meyer

Dina Meyer

Kate Miller

Recurring Role

Steven Eckholdt

Steven Eckholdt

Mark Robinson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Continuity: When Joey first meets Kate Miller, she mentions condescendingly that, as a "soap actor" it must be exciting for him to have a part in a "real" play. But a few episodes later, in "The One with the Dollhouse," she laments the fact that she gave up a part on a soap to do the play, which has not been favorably reviewed. Why would she be so demeaning about Joey's part as Dr. Drake Ramoray when she had the opportunity to be on a soap opera, too?

    • Trivia: Kate mentions seeing Joey in the milk carton spout infomercial. This is a reference to "The One with the Metaphorical Tunnel."

    • Trivia: Monica mentions she has bad taste in men. They are either too old , too young, or a jerk like Julio. "Too old" she is referring to Richard (played by Tom Selleck in various episodes). "Too young" she is referring to Ethan from "The One with the Ick Factor." "Julio" refers to her diner co-worker in "The One with all the Jealousy."

    • Goof: When Ross is looking through the peep hole in Chandler and Joey's apartment waiting for Rachel and Mark to arrive, his red undershirt is sticking out from under his sweatshirt. When the camera angle changes, his undershirt keeps switching from tucked in to sticking out throughout the scene.

    • Goof: When Mark is telling Rachel they should get back at Ross right there on the couch, Rachel's hands go in a instant from on her chest to down her sides.

    • Goof: When Joey says "Pete Chicago", there is a green cup on the table next to him. In the shot immediately after that, he is holding it down in front of himself.

    • Goof: When Joey and Kate are talking for the first time, a man walks behind Joey and sets down a chair. In the next shot the man sets the chair down again.

    • Goof: When Joey and Kate are talking for the first time, Joey is holding a mug. Between shots, sometimes he is holding the mug by the handle and sometimes by the sides with the handle sticking out.

    • Goof: When Ross is dragging Chandler and the foosball table to the door he opens the door then it cuts and he opens the door again

    • Goof: Joey enters Monica's apartment singing and dancing. The words Joey is mouthing during this scene are not the same as the ones he is heard singing.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Monica: I gave you a key for emergencies.
      Phoebe: We were out of Doritos.

    • Ross: How did the date go with Mr Millionaire?
      Chandler: (faking cheesy TV-ad voiceover) Mr Millionaire, new from Snooty Playthings! Third wife sold separately!

    • Kate: Hi.
      Joey: Oh, so you're playing Adrienne, huh?
      Kate: Yes. Are you one of the retarded cousins?
      Joey: Oh, no. Uh, I'm playing your husband, Victor. (shakes her hand) I'm Joey Tribbiani.
      Kate: Hi, nice to meet you... Kate Miller.
      Joey: So the, uh, play's pretty great, huh?
      Kate: Oh, yeah. I love Jennifer Banberry's work. She's so brilliantly incisive when it comes to deconstructing the psyche of the American middle class.
      Joey: Oh, forget about it... She rocks!

    • Kate: That infomercial! For the milk carton spout thing! You're the guy who doesn't know how to pour milk!
      Joey: I actually can pour milk. But I got you believing that I couldn't. See, that's acting.
      Kate: Right at the end, you choked on a cookie.
      Joey: Yeah, that was real.

    • Phoebe: Wow! I cannot believe Mark asked you out.
      Rachel: I know.
      Phoebe: What... so what are you gonna tell him?
      Rachel: Well, I told him I would think about it... but I'm gonna tell him no.
      Phoebe: Huh.
      Rachel: I mean I think I'd say no to anybody right now. Oh, but it was so strange. I mean, I'm standing there with this charming, cute guy, who's asking me to go out with him--which I'm allowed to do--and I felt guilty. Y'know... like I'd be cheating on Ross, or something.
      Phoebe: Wow. So, okay, maybe that means that you're not over Ross yet and you have issues with your father.
      Rachel: I don't have any issues with my father...
      Phoebe: Okay, so it's probably just the Ross thing then.

    • Ross: Well, maybe the crazy fog has lifted and she realizes that life without me... uh, sucks!
      Chandler: It's possible. You are very lovable. I'd miss you if I broke up with you. (Ross gives him a look) Just trying to be supportive.
      Ross: Then be supportive like a guy.
      Chandler: (in a deeper, ultra-masculine voice) If I broke up with you, I'd miss you.

    • Ross: You, uh... wanted to see me?
      Rachel: Yeah. Uh, here's a box of your stuff...
      Ross: What?
      Rachel: Oh, y'know, it's just like hats, and a shirt, and CDs... just some stuff that you've left here.
      Ross: What are you doing? Are you trying to hurt me or something?
      Rachel: No... Ross, it, it just seems that, y'know, it's time we... we move on.

    • Phoebe: (to Pete) So, you're, like, a zillionaire.
      Chandler: And you're our age. You're our age.
      Phoebe: You know what? You should like, you should buy a state and then just name it after yourself.
      Pete: What, like Pete Dakota?
      Phoebe: Or, or Mississi-Pete.
      (Pete laughs)
      Joey: Oh, oh, I got it! (dramatically) Pete Chicago.
      Chandler: That's not a state, Joe.
      Joey: Oh, and "Mississi-Pete" is?

    • Chandler: I can blow dry it. I can put gel on it. It doesn't matter, I still wind up with this little cowlicky thing on the middle part of my head. It's so annoying. Does it bug you?
      Ross: You bug me.

    • Chandler: Ross. You gotta stop. You can't just stare through the peep-hole for three hours. You're gonna get peep-eye.

    • Ross: (about Mark) I knew it. I knew it. I always knew she liked him. You know, she'd say no, but here we are, right? We just broke up, first thing she does!
      Chandler: You didn't just break up.
      Ross: Hey, it's been, like, three weeks!
      Chandler: You slept with somebody three hours after you thought you broke up. I mean, bullets have left guns slower!

    • Ross: (spying on Rachel and Mark through Chandler's peep-hole) The door's closed! I can't see anything with the door closed!
      Chandler: And the inventor of the door rests happily in his grave.

    • Rachel: (after Mark kisses her) I'm sorry, Mark, I can't do this. I'm just doing this to get back at Ross. It's not fair to you.
      Mark: Ah, fair, schmair! If you want to get back at Ross, I'm here for you!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Phoebe: Why isn't it "Spiderman"? You know? Like Goldman, or Silverman?

      Spider-Man, also known as Peter Parker, is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Spider-Man was adapted into a 2002 film starring Tobey Maguire.

    • Joey: Just because she went to Yale Drama, she thinks she's, like, the greatest actress since, since sliced bread.
      Chandler: Ah, Sliced Bread. A wonderful Lady Macbeth.
      Lady Macbeth is the name of a fictional character in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, based on the historical Scottish queen. The play has been adapted into several films including the 1948 film Macbeth directed by Orson Welles and the 1970 film Macbeth directed by Roman Polanski.

    • Pete: I know I'm no Jon Bon Jovi.

      Jon Bon Jovi is an American musician, actor, and lead singer of the band, Bon Jovi.

    • Kate: Where do I know you from?
      Joey: Dr. Drake Ramoray? Days of our Lives? Voted most datable neurosurgeon by Teen Beat?

      Teen Beat is an American magazine that is geared towards teenage readers.

    • Monica: I mean, in every other way he's the perfect guy. He has everything. Plus he actually has everything.
      Chandler: Life sized Imperial stormtroopers from Sharper Image?
      Monica: Two.
      Chandler: Wow. Can Joey and I put them on and fight?

      Imperial stormtroopers are trained shock troops in the Star Wars universe under command of the Galactic Empire. They were popularized after the first movie in the popular series Star Wars.

    • Printed on the tiny T-shirt are the words "FRANKIE SAY RELAX."
      "Relax" is a famous song from the 80s, performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

    • Chandler: Yeah. Either that or Gloria Estefan was right, eventually, the rhythm is going to get you.

      Reference to Gloria Estefan's song "The Rhythm is Gonna Get You"